Ensuring that Jacksonville citizens have access to the best thinking on global issues, our two signature speaker series examine critical current topics with guests who provide more “light than heat,” revealing the stories behind the headlines while delivering balanced perspectives and promoting thoughtful consideration and learning. The emphasis here is on being an informed citizen of the world, which is key to advocating and influencing lawmakers and making the best decisions."The speakers brought in are top notch." It is tempting and comfortable to become isolated. This series reminds me that I am part of this world larger than my own backyard and community."